Chess puzzle

No. 418

23 July 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Najer-Buhmann, Dortmund 2016. How did White make the most of his g7-pawn? Answers…

No. 417

16 July 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Staunton-Horwitz, London (Game 3) 1846. How did White conclude his attack? Answers to…

No. 416

9 July 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Kasparov-Alonso, Simultaneous Display, Moenchengladbach 2016. How did White conclude his attack? Answers to me…

No. 415

2 July 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Nakamura-Caruana, Leuven Blitz 2016. White can now win material. What is the key…

No. 214

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Black to play. This is from Caruana-Mamedyarov, Gashimov Memorial Play-off 2016. Black played 1 … Kg8 here, missing a clever…

No. 413

18 June 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Korchnoi-Karpov, Candidates Final, Moscow 1974. White’s next move destroyed the black position and led…

No. 412

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Arnason-Keene, London 1981. How did Black bring his bishops to life? Answers to me…

No. 411

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Cherin-Pedini, Italy 2016. Black has just sacrificed some material as he could foresee a…

No. 410

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from So-Nakamura, Ultimate Blitz Challenge, Saint Louis 2016. How did Black make a key…

No. 409

21 May 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Dubov-Yandemirov, Russian Team Championship, Sochi 2016. How can White exploit the unfortunate placing…

No. 408

14 May 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from So-Kasparov, St Louis 2016. What is White’s quickest kill? Answers to…

No. 407

7 May 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Pacher-Radnai, Budapest 2016. How did White exploit a tactical opportunity to make a decisive…

No. 406

30 April 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is a position from Bjornsson-Sigurdsson, Iceland Team Championship 2016. How did White make the most of…

No. 405

23 April 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Vallejo-Wynn, Bangkok 2016. White has sacrificed a rook and a bishop. He now…

Puzzle no. 404

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a position from Carbone–Slipak, Mar del Plata 2016. How can Black conclude? Answers to me…

No. 403

9 April 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is a variation from Aronian-Svidler, Moscow 2016. In this game Aronian misplayed his attack and Svidler…

No. 402

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Pichot-Khismatullin, Moscow 2016. What was Black’s killing blow? Answers to me at The Spectator…

No. 401

26 March 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Karjakin-Nakamura, Fidé Candidates, Moscow 2016. Hikaru -Nakamura has just implemented an ingenious combination to…

Puzzle no. 400

19 March 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Anand-Topalov, Fidé Candidates, Moscow 2016. White can capture the black bishop,…

No. 399

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Skulte-Pein, Bunratty 2016. Black’s queen is attacked. His next move didn’t force immediate…

No. 398

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Scibior-Chiu, Varsity Match 2013. Black now powered through into the white position. What…

No. 397

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Shirov-Nakamura, Zurich 2016. Black is winning easily but now finished with a fine…

No. 396

20 February 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Anna Muzychuk-Salem, Gibraltar Masters 2016. How did White conjure up a decisive material…

No. 395

13 February 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Van Wely-Carlsen, Wijk aan Zee 2016. Carlsen had a lucky escape in this…

No. 394

6 February 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Alekhine-Flohr, Bled 1931. White has a positional advantage but can you spot the…